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Wind and Solar Groups Flee ALEC – February 1, 2013

Green energy groups exit the powerful conservative outfit following its attempt to end mandatory use of renewable energy by US states

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is suffering backlash from its battle on a new front: renewable energy standards.

alec poster Photo courtesy The Progressive

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) have let their ALEC memberships expire, according to Greenwire (subscription required).

Why? Last October, ALEC adopted the "Electricity Freedom Act" model bill. This model bill, which ALEC is now seeking to roll out in various states, would end requirements for states to derive a specific percentage of their electricity needs from renewable energy sources.

Given the gridlock on national legislation, renewable energy standards, which are typically passed… more

by: Tina Gerhardt

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Wind Energy Gets a Boost off Fiscal Cliff Deal – January 7, 2013

But the fickle nature of its funding in the United States remains problematic

Last week, the President Obama and Congress reached an agreement and ratified a new fiscal deal. What are its implications for environmental politics?

photoname Photo by Flickr user jimmediaThe wind energy industry expects 2012 will have been another record year with energy production
surpassing both 2010 and 2011.

To see the downside, check out Andy Kroll at Mother Jones on the oil subsidies.

On the upside, wind industry received a boon as the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which subsidizes the construction of new wind energy, was extended for another year and the rules were changed. Now, construction does not need to be… more

by: Tina Gerhardt

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Germany’s Renewable Path to a Nuke-Free Future – September 14, 2011

The US Could Follow — If Only There Were the Political Will

When Germany announced in June that it would phase out nuclear energy by the end of 2022, arguing that the shift would have not only environmental but also economic benefits, critics charged the goal was impossible.

Photo by benefit of hindsight Wind turbines in a field in eastern Friesland, Germany. The nation plans to phase out nuclear
energy by the end of 2022.

Germany, they argued, would need to import greater levels of nuclear energy from France, natural gas from Russia or coal from Poland. Germany’s four leading nuclear-producing energy firms — Eon, RWE, EnBw and Vattenfall — warned that Germany would face winter blackouts.

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by: Tina Gerhardt

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Tug-of-War over Nuclear Energy in France – July 12, 2011

Sarkozy Increases Funding as Safety Concerns Loom and Activists Protest

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant has upended the politics of atomic energy worldwide. Following the disaster, Germany announced a phase out of nuclear energy by 2022, Switzerland decided to decommission its last plant by 2034, and Italy’s voters decided to shut down their plants as well.

Photo by Gretchen Mahan A nuclear plant rises above a field of mustard flowers in the French countryside outside of Paris.

But France, which gets 74 percent of its electricity from nuclear energy — more than any other country, has made no move to phase out or reduce its investment in nuclear energy, even though it… more

by: Tina Gerhardt

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Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein Call for Civil Disobedience to Block Keystone XL Pipeline – June 27, 2011

If Approved, Keystone Would Increase US Oil Imports from Alberta Tar Sands

Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, James Hansen, Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry and others have circulated a letter calling for civil disobedience to stop the Keystone Pipeline. The 1600 mile proposed pipeline would run from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in Texas.

Photo by Shannon RamosKeystone pipeline under construction.

Thursday, the House Energy committee approved legislation that requires President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone Pipeline by November. The bill passed in a 33-13 vote with the support of six Democrats. It will move to the House for a vote later this summer.

The direct action to… more

by: Tina Gerhardt

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